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noborders | 29.06.2009 08:55 | COP15 Climate Summit 2009 | Climate Chaos | Migration | Social Struggles | World

Here you can find information on upcomig protests related to the of migration; against borders - for the freedom of movement.

Climate Action Camp, 3.-9. August 2009

The aspects of climate change on the rise of refugees was part of the discussion on the Noborder camp in Calais. It may be continued in Notre Dame des Landes.

Actionweek against deportations in Germany, 24.-30. August 2009

Decentralised actions to paralyse the deportation system. Blockades, demonstrations, visits of agencies and creative actions.

Lesvos Noborder camp, 25.-31. August 2009

Camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, which is not far away from the Turkish coast.

Noborder Camp in Turkey, September 2009

Activists from Turkey will organise an Noborder Camp few days after the Lesvos Noborder camp at the Turkish site of the Aegean sea.

Amed Camp, 28.-30. September 2009

International meeting amongst Kurdish, Turkish and European grassroot activists. It will take place in the scope of the Mesopotamian Social Forum (MSF) in Amed/ North Kurdistan.

International Gathering for the Free Movement of Persons, 1.-4. October 2009

Four days of discussions and workshops in Barcelona on the struggle against borders and migrant detention camps. Focussing on resistance inside the detention camps, active solidarity from the outside and Europe’s borders.

Turn off the Stockhom Programme, Nov/Dez 2009

The EU plans a new five year programme to manage migration, build up more repression against foreigners and surveillance of all citizens. Direct actions are called against the summits in Stockholm and Brussels and across Europe.

Against COP15 summit on climate change, December 2009

During the protests in Copenhagen there will be a focus on the topic of climate change and migration.



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29.06.2009 16:07

DSEi 2009: 8 September – City of London – details TBA


Defence Systems Equipment International (DSEi)—the world’s largest arms fair—is due to take place in East London between 8 and 11 September 2009. At DSEi 2007, there were 1352 exhibitors from 40 different countries with a total of 26,5000 visitors.

Oxfam have called the arms trade “out of control” and state that “as well as prolonging and intensifying conflicts, the poorly regulated arms trade causes huge levels of waste, corruption and debt”. The recent devastation in Gaza was aided by UK arms sales of over £27 million in the first 9 months of 2008.

According to UNICEF, two million children were killed between 1986 and 1996 as a result of armed conflict. A further six million were also injured or permanently disabled and countless others were forced to witness or take part in violence.

Gracca Machel, the author of the report, also recently stated that “wars have always victimised children and other non-combatants, but modern wars are exploiting, maiming and killing children more callously and more systematically than ever.”

Politicians pay lip service to controlling the arms trade by introducing piecemeal legislation. Meanwhile, business is booming. The UK company, Chemring, saw a 500% rise in profit in the four year period following the Iraq invasion, and instances such as ex MP Michael Portillo serving on the board of BAE Systems show self interest and profit triumphing over any concern for ethics or morality.

The arms trade and the military industrial complex it supports – along with many other struggles – should not be seen as a single issue campaign. For example:

* The majority of asylum seekers have fled because of the effects of war and the arms trade. However, in locking these people up, and labelling them as scroungers, the government conveniently ignores the huge profits made by the UK companies who made the weapons which destroyed their homelands.
* The military are climate criminals responsible for 25% of air pollution. In 2006, according to Scientists for Global Responsibility, the UK military as a whole was responsible for emitting 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, a report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution into aircraft emissions in 2002 stated that “the performance requirements of military aircraft suggest that compared to civil aircraft, they are likely to produce proportionately more emissions”.
* Animal testing plays a major role in military research. In 2006, there were more than 21,000 animals, including monkeys, ferrets and pigs being subjected to experimentation at Porton Down. This was a 76% increase from 2000. Tests include applying fatal doses of a nerve agent to an animal’s skin, and giving sarin and anthrax to primates.

However, the bankers, the investors, are the glue which bind all these issues together. High street banks invest billions in the arms trade, as well as supporting the corporations who profit from environmental destruction, attacks on migrants and animal torture. Given these banks invest in global death, destruction and displacement, their reluctance to help the average worker facing redundancy and repossession is unsurprising.

The banks are only interested in profit. They invest willingly in the international arms trade, caring little about the consequences either for the victims of war, or UK workers. Heavy investment in ‘high risk’ arms sales to Africa, Asia and the Middle East is just another gamble with our own economy, all for the sake of hefty bonuses and over inflated pensions.

DISARM DSEi are calling for people to join together to unstick these institutions, expose the devastation they cause, and hold them to account for their actions.

Come to The City with love and rage; music and militancy; desire and determination—together we can show we will no longer tolerate the death and destruction they cause.




Get involved: There is an anti-militarist network gathering in Nottingham on 11th-12th July, or get in touch with Disarm DSEi.

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more or less State?

09.09.2009 12:48

I think it is a very bad idea to put everything in the same basket. The movement NoBorder is against borders, nations and thus the State. The movement "against climate change" is asking for more regulation and thus more State.
Being part of the NoBorders I do not agree with people calling themselves Noborder and taking this kind of position. When has there been a consensus around this?